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The Villages: Parade, Pride, Mostly Music, Summer Camp — and Drones

This Week in The Villages: There was ample time for reflection and celebration in Nyack this weekend. First, there was the annual Firefighter’s Memorial Service. Then there was Pride Sunday, a joyous opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Attn Nyack area parents: registration for Camp Nyack is now open. Listen to this: the 2017 Mostly Music concert schedule is now set. Clarkstown looks to the skies for its latest crime-fighting device.

Hammond’s Highlights

by Don Hammond
On Sunday, June 11th the Fire Departments that serve Nyack held their Annual Firefighter’s Memorial Service to give tribute to those who served our community. It is a time to reflect on the service of those who have given their lives keeping us safe. And it’s a reminder of the sacrifice this amazing group of men and women make. They sacrifice their time, energy and sometimes their lives to keep us safe. This service always reminds me to thank the people that protect us; they make Nyack an amazing place to live.
From that moving gathering, I headed to another: Pride Sunday. This year, hundreds of friends and neighbors enjoyed food, kids’ arts activities, live music, a parade and a foot-stomping Battle of the High School Bands. Executive Director Brooke Malloy and her Pride co-founders were still celebrating the $250,000 grant the Center received from New York State last week. All in all, it was a wonderful day to celebrate our vibrant, inclusive community.

Camp Nyack

Registration for Camp Nyack, which is operated by the Nyack Center, is open. The camp operates throughout the summer and funding from the village allows for an additional week of fun this summer. Contact the Nyack Center for more information.

Mostly Music and ’90s Night

The Nyack Park Conservancy is continuing the Mostly Music program this summer. It has been a staple in Nyack for over 20 years. This year there will be five concerts in Memorial Park. The concerts will be held on the following Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, & 25 and August 1st. In order to sustain events like these, the conservancy appreciates donations from the public.  Their website ( has additional information on the concerts and how you can make a donation.

Don Hammond

If you have thoughts or questions based on either what you read here or things you’ve heard buzz about in the community, please feel free to reach out to me directly by email at or by phone at 914.954.7556. — Dr. Don Hammond

On June 16, the conservancy is hosting a ’90s night at Prohibition River, which means it’s almost time to trot out your best grungewear. Dan Caprara and I will be two of the judges for the music contest.

On the Waterfront

The next Local Waterfront Revitalization Program public workshop will be held at the American Legion Hall at 85 Piermont Ave at 7:30p on June 20. These workshops are to help guide the development of a plan to upgrade our waterfront throughout the village. Come out and share your ideas.
The village board is set to accept a proposal from a company to offer human powered boating options at the marina this summer. A proposal to provide sailboat charters is also under consideration.
— Don Hammond


Something To Watch Over You: On Tues 6/13 at 10a, Clarkstown’s Police Department introduces its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) drone program at the the Palisades Center Mall Parking lot J — weather permitting. Personnel assigned to the will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions.

Tappan Zee Bridge / New NY Bridge

Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) began removing temporary access structures on the westbound main span towers, following the successful installation of permanent maintenance elevators. The temporary structures are being removed with the assistance of the red main span tower cranes, which will also be dismantled in the coming weeks.
TZC is currently installing roadway lighting fixtures on the main span. They will be testing the westbound bridge’s aesthetic lighting and roadway lighting this week. Periodic testing will occur during the coming weeks.

Here are the municipal events in Upper, South and the Village of Nyack for the week of 6/12. There are no Nyack Public Schools meetings this week.

Village of Nyack

  • Tue 6/13, 5p: Justice Court
  • Thurs 6/15, 9:30a: Justice Court

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

  • Mon 6/12, 5:30p: Justice Court
  • Tue 6/13, 7:30p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Mon 6/12, 6p: Architectural Review Board
  • Thurs 6/15, 7p: Village Board Meeting

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

Nyack Farmer's Market

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